In every workplace you’ll notice some employees who feel stuck in their job and don’t know what their next move should be. Even if they love their job, they’ll most probably find themselves stuck in a rut at some point in their career. They become dissatisfied, don’t feel motivated, or aren’t getting the promotions and raise they feel they deserve. In reality, a recent report by Right Management suggests that more than 80 percent employees are dissatisfied with their jobs.

Whether you are expecting to get a promotion or thinking to get a new job, you are trying to get ahead. In order to understand what it takes to stand out and get ahead at work there are some strategies you can use to improve your career.

1. Stop your brain’s overconfidence.

When confidence gives way to overconfidence, it converts from an asset to a liability. In the workplace, many people often display overconfidence in their judgments about the thing they think they know about the work or the businesses. When the overconfidence comes to the point where a worker thinks he can’t miss the mark under any circumstances, it turns out to be a problem. This problem doesn’t only affect the worker, but it can have a ripple effect that spreads through the entire workplace. In fact, by doing this we are simply digging the hole deeper by forcing other people to guess our relative perspective and priorities and to take action accordingly.

2. Stop waiting for a career miracle and create your own opportunities.

Opportunities are always available for those who recognize them and have the desire to pursue them. The people who feel stuck in their job are only concerned with their own work, and own projects; they do not understand the company vision and mission and strategy. They are stuck in a corner doing a small project that nobody cares, have a hard time in getting noticed, and getting ahead.

You have to become a strategic thinker to get promoted and advance in your career. Think about your role at your company by looking at your overall contributions and then those take actions that matters most to your company.

3. Stop hiding and own your mistakes.

If you made a mistake (and you unavoidably will), admit your mistake and do what you can to rectify it. Don’t try to hide it or pass the blame to others. Everyone makes mistakes. Those people are considered as a winner who own up to those mistakes and then go the extra mile to fix the created problem.

Don’t get defensive and react to constructive criticism; it’s a certain career advancement killer. Remember to separate yourself from your work and take criticism with gratitude and with curiosity. Never get defensive, get curious to learn.

4. Stop getting distracted at work.

All of us have trouble with distractions in the workplace to some degree. The key is to limit those distractions as much as possible because these distractions take up too much of our time and prevent us from getting our work done.

If those interruptions in the office are not managed, they can seriously erode your ability to focus and may lead to factual mistakes and poor judgment; which can lead to poor performance.

5. Stop ignoring and build positive relationships with everyone in the workplace.

Your senior management team including your boss is your primary gatekeeper to you getting noticed and getting ahead. Start building a positive relationship with everyone in your workplace, from the highest level of management to the person who is doing least work in your team. Be friendly to everyone and find some common interests to interact. The more people you develop positive relationships with (both up and down), the better off you’ll be.

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